06.08.17

Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $200,000 for Three Land and Water Conservation Projects in Michigan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced $222,800 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to support land and water conservation projects throughout Michigan. The funding is provided by the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program.

Livingston County will receive $86,000 to develop trails, sports fields, and recreation facilities at Fillmore County Park. St. Joseph County will receive $62,500 to develop trails, sports fields, and boating facilities at Cade Lake Park and Campground. The City of Ionia will receive $86,000 to develop picnic areas, sports fields and recreation facilities at Robinson Community Park.

“Local parks, trails and recreation facilities help create strong communities and better neighborhoods,” said Senator Peters. “This funding will help provide the resources needed to maintain and improve our parks and campgrounds, opening up new recreational opportunities for Michigan families.”

“Boating, camping, and hiking are a part of who we are and our Michigan way of life,” said Senator Stabenow. “Thanks to these new resources, families across the state will be able to enjoy these wonderful improvements to our parks and campgrounds.”

The Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program providesmatching grants for local and state park projects outside national park boundaries. Over 40,000 grants to states and localities have been approved under the LWCF grants program for acquisition, development and planning of outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States. More information about the grant can be found at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/lwcf/stateside.htm